Author: Stewart Howe

Skating for a pig and a hat!

A newspaper article describing a skating competition on the Mere in 1827 – “A skating match is run. Prize of a pig and a hat. Berry of Ramsey wins the pig and Germain of Whittlesey the hat. Prizes given by John Heathcote Esq. Mrs Gossip of Holme gave a sovereign for another race won by George Richardson of Yaxley.” Source: HUNTINGDON, BEDFORD & PETERBOROUGH GAZETTE – SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY...

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A fisherman’s tale

Considering that the record catch for a freshwater eel in the United Kingdom is just 11lb 2oz (5.03kg), this rather fishy tale from 1892 should be taken with an ample pinch of salt – “A monstrous eel is caught in Whittlesea Mere. Enormous weight of forty-nine pounds and length of six feet six inches and a girth of nearly three feet. Preserved in a shop in Charlotte Street, Portland Road, London.” WORCESTER JOURNAL – SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER...

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